Woman charged with DWI after head on crash while transporting developmentally disabled passengers

WARRENSBURG, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A woman is accused of driving intoxicated while on the job Friday night and crashing at a busy intersection. She was carrying two developmentally disabled passengers at the time it happened.

It happened around 6:30 Friday night when 24-year-old Brianna Norton swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting three cars and causing substantial damage.

As an employee of AIM services in Saratoga Springs, she was driving a Dodge Caravan and in the car with her, were two developmentally disabled passengers, both in their 20’s.

On Monday, AIM services says Norton has been suspended without pay.

As soon as she reached Main Street and Horicon Avenue, police say Norton hit a Subaru Legacy head on. The driver of that car was 67-year-old Kurt Locke.

She continued to hit two more cars after that. One them was a parked car outside of George Henry’s.

There was no one inside both cars.

When police arrived on scene, they found Norton’s Dodge Caravan stuck between a pickup truck and a concrete pole.

“Several empty bottles of alcohol were located in the vehicle as well as a few bottles that did contain alcohol as well,” said Lt. Steven Stockdale from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Police haven’t been able to confirm any prior DWI charges or convictions.

She was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for two reasons: For evaluation and for some comments she made that appeared concerning.

“She indicated that she had consumed some alcohol prior to driving the vehicle as well as some marijuana,” said Stockdale.

Norton has been charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle as well as several other charges.

“We’re awaiting blood test results, but we got a preliminary pre-screen that indicates her BAC was somewhere around .28 percent,” said Stockdale.

Luckily, no one was injured.

Police say this investigation is ongoing and Norton could be facing more charges once she’s released from the hospital.

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